Amigurumi by Lan-Anh Bui & Josephine Wan

12 Dec


Bui, Lan-Anh & Wan, Josephine. Amigurumi. Guild of Master Craftsman, 2010. 155 pages. ISBN 978-1-86108-674-7

Plot Summary:

This book contains thirty adorable crochet patterns for little stuffed toys. It gives you a picture of each cute toy, what you will need to make it, the different techniques that will be used for that particular pattern, the size it will be in the end, then goes into details of the actual pattern for each body part: ears, legs, arms, torso, etc. If you are unaware as to how to do a certain pattern at the end of the book there are step-by-step directions on how to do that technique with a picture for each step, which comes in handy. You can also find a definition of Amigurumi in the back of the book along side the different types of yarn and how to choose the most appropriate yarn for your project. There is also an index of the different abbreviations and converters for yarn and hook sizes, as well as, a chart describing the different symbols used to describe patterns and what they mean. Filled with lots of fun, and all the help you need to make cute little stuffed creatures.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a wonderful and cute book that is sure to bring joy and creativity to the forefront. Amigurumi is the art of making stuffed creatures through the work of crocheting or knitting. They are very cute and fun to make. Each different creature is completely laid out for you so that it is easy to make. All the materials you would need, the different techniques used for that creature, how big it will be, how to make each body part, and also how to put it together. The step-by-step directions are simple to follow and the end result and satisfying. There are pictures of each creature so you will know what it is supposed to look like. If you do not know how to do a certain technique, fear not, for they have provided at the back of the book how to do each of the techniques that come up in the book. The layout is well put together so that even a beginner could make an Amigurumi if they wanted. They are perfect for gifts or just for fun.

Reader’s Annotation:

From Friendly Frogs to Robbo Robots to Cupcake Bears, you can make them all! They are unbelievably cute!


Lan-Anh Bui and Josephine Wan are the authors of Amigurumi and Crochet Bakemono (Monsters!), two great crocheting books on how to make cute little stuffed toys. The books were a result of a hobby shared by two best friends. Lan-Anh first discovered Amigurumi as something fun to do to pass the time and make Josephine’s little boy gifts. When Lan-Anh gave Josephine’s little boy a really cute stuffed dog, Josephine decided she wanted to try, and soon after she was in love with it.

They found a lot of ideas for Amigurumi from visiting and walking around Japan. The two friends would stay up all night making little toys and pretty soon they had enough to make a book. And Amigurumi was born.


Nonfiction/Arts & Crafts

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Booktalking Ideas:

Do you struggle with crocheting sweaters and scarfs? Now you have something easier to make.

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Why I included this book:

I found this book a few weeks ago and thought it would be a wonderful book for young adult’s who were interesting in crocheting or knitting, but were beginners or not very good at it. It would be great for experts to, of course.

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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